Home General Interest New bridge for Catford over August Bank Holiday

New bridge for Catford over August Bank Holiday

Network Rail will be replacing a 130-year-old bridge at Catford, South East London, as part of its programme of engineering works this August Bank Holiday, which will affect some journeys in Kent and South East London.

It was constructed around 1890 and strengthened in 1916. Freight trains are currently subject to a 15mph speed restriction over the bridge due to its condition, so it has to be replaced to avoid further speed restrictions and disruption to services in the future.

In addition, engineers will also be replacing points at a very busy junction near Crayford. This was originally installed as part of wartime resilience for the railway, and it is now one of the busiest on Southeastern’s metro network, linking Sidcup with Dartford. Replacing the points there will help improve reliability for passengers across the area.

The work will take place between Saturday 29 August and Monday 31 August, and passengers are urged to check before they travel.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route director for Kent, said: “We know there is never a good time to close the railway, but the replacement of these life expired assets is vital to improve the reliability of journeys for our passengers.”

While the railway is closed, additional work will be completed between Nunhead and Shortlands, including embankment work, track work and work at Beckenham Hill station.


First apprentices for new Siemens train factory begin training at Selby College

The first 12 apprentices to be employed by Siemens Mobility for its planned rail facility in Goole, East Yorkshire, have started their...

Alstom signs agreement to purchase Bombardier Transportation

The takeover of Bombardier Transportation by Alstom moved closer as Alstom announced that it signed the sale and purchase agreement with Bombardier...

£216.2 million contract awarded for East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade

The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade is to power forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast...

Edinburgh-Glasgow line, shut by flooding, to reopen 21 September

The line between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk, which was partially washed away near Polmont when the Union Canal burst its banks...

Bodies excavated from Euston to clear space for HS2 to be reburied at Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey.

Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey has been chosen for the site of reburials for those exhumed during excavations at St James’s Gardens in...